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Episode #69 - A White Guy In DEI Ft. Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch, a prominent voice in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIAB) space, shares his perspective as a middle-aged white man advocating for change. Through his experiences, he shares the challenges and opportunities in creating an inclusive workplace culture.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of white men actively participating in DEIAB conversations and initiatives.

  • Overcoming the fear and hesitancy often associated with addressing sensitive topics.

  • The role of vulnerability, self-reflection, and accountability in driving meaningful change.

  • Practical steps for individuals and organizations to become more inclusive, such as building awareness, acknowledging privilege, and creating accountability partnerships.

  • The need to raise expectations and empower white men to engage authentically in DEIAB work.

  • Believing in the shared human desire for acceptance, love, and belonging can foster understanding and appreciation across diverse groups.

Mike encourages listeners to embrace vulnerability, challenge biases, and actively contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable society.

Episode Transcript


Mike Lynch DEI Strategist and Consultant

Mike Lynch is an expert in helping leaders embrace inclusivity and their role in driving diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (DEIAB) efforts. What sets him apart is his commitment to guiding fellow white men to evolve from allies to active leaders championing DEIAB within organizations.

As the founder and principal of MJL Consulting Group, Mike draws from over 30 years of corporate and nonprofit experience, including executive HR leadership roles at Capital One Financial Corp. Colleagues praise his ability to push leaders to shift perspectives, enabling the self-awareness and clarity necessary for inclusive leadership.

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